Fewer pomelos for CNY due to haze and rain

IPOH: Last year’s harvest of pomelo fruit has dropped by almost half due to the haze and rainy season, with fewer fruits being sold in the market.

With a significant drop in harvest, prices are expected to go up by 10%.

Pomelo farm owner Chin Too Kam said the shortage also caused a drop in exports.

“We’ve greatly reduced the number of fruits for export and are now catering to the local market.

“We want to ensure the locals and our regular customers are still able to get the fruit especially for the Chinese New Year celebration,” he said.

Chin, who is also Tambun Pomelo Growers Association chairman, said the hazy weather that affected the country about seven months ago had stunted the growth of the fruits.

“Following the hazy season, the torrential rainfall also affected the pollination and this further affected the yield,” he added.

“With less fruit to sell, we are expecting pomelo sellers to be affected by a drop in sales,” he said, adding  that the fruit could fetch good prices during Chinese New Year.

“Despite the drop in the produce, the quality of fruit sold in the market is still high,” he assured.

Chin said the buying power of consumers has also weakened due to the global economic outlook.

“With an expected slight hike in prices, most sellers expect businesses to be slow,” he said, adding that one fruit could fetch up to RM23, depending on its size.

by IVAN LOH.

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/01/26/fewer-pomelos-for-cny-due-to-haze-and-rain/

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